Section 1 General Administration
Policy 1-9 ANIMALS IN CITY OF LAWTON FACILITIES
Policy 4-2 ANIMALS IN CITY OF LAWTON FACILITIES
DISTRIBUTION: All Departments
SUBJECT: Animals in City of Lawton Facilities
PURPOSE: The purpose of this policy is to protect
the health of City employees and
citizens who visit City of Lawton facilities.
BACKGROUND: Family pets and stray animals may cause physical injury to
visitors to City facilities; they may carry diseases and parasites; or may trigger allergic reactions
in some people.
DEFINITIONS: Family pets" include all animals owned by employees
or visitors to City
facilities that normally reside with their owners and are retained mainly for companionship and
"Stray animals" include apparently homeless animals of all types, including former pets that
been abandoned and animals that have taken up residence at City facilities.
"Working Animals" are animals trained and used to assist humans in certain activities. This
includes dogs that are trained to detect drugs, explosives, and other contraband and are being
used by a law enforcement agency for these purposes. It also includes animals trained and used
to assist a disabled person in performing daily activities (for example, "seeing eye" dogs
individuals). Finally, animals that are used in therapy programs for treatment of humans are
1. All family pets and stray animals are prohibited in
City of Lawton facilities with the
exception that they may be present in any of the Animal Welfare Division facilities.
2. Working animals as defined above accompanied by their
owners or handlers are welcome
in any City facility and may not be prohibited from entering.
3. Fish and other aquatic animals are allowed if properly
contained in aquariums of not more
than 20 gallons capacity.
4. Employees who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary
action in accordance with
Chapter 17 of the Lawton City Code.
5. Facility managers will post signs in each facility
for which they are responsible indicating
pets are not allowed and will ask visitors who violate this policy to remove the offending pets
from the premises.
6. Stray animals residing at City facilities will be
turned in to the Animal Welfare Division
for proper disposition.
RESCISSION: This policy becomes effective March
7, 2004 and will remain in effect until
RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENT: City Manager
March 7, 2004
(Admin. 1-9, Added, 03/07/2004)